News from CRG
The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) and the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona, Spain, hosted the 2016 edition of the Next Generation Sequencing Conference. The meeting, which gathered together 185 participants from 32 countries world wide, took place in the Centre for Genomic Regulation from Monday 4th until Wednesday 6th April.
“Barcelona and the pool of scientists working in genomics based in this city, already are in a leading position in these fields. Hosting the NGS meeting for the second consecutive time demonstrates that Barcelona is in the spotlight on bioinformatics and computational biology,” says Alfonso Valencia, president of the International Society for Computational Biology, director of the Spanish node of ELIXIR and of the Structural Biology and Biocomputing Programme at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO).
This year’s edition was focused on Genome Annotation, which are the methods in genome analysis that allows us to attach biological information to the genomic sequences. It was a dedicated meeting on cutting-edge approaches to the processing and analysis of Genome Annotation methods highlighting projects and improvements in this subject. The conference brought together researchers involved in the development of genome annotation methods, along with biologists interested in the establishment and annotation of new reference genomes. It addressed a wide range of issues including RNASeq-based genome annotation, non-coding RNA analysis, proteomics data integration and data visualization. Sizeable space was also dedicated to emerging and future trends in genomics including eco-system analysis and novel reference genomes.